On top of this, there are books I have received for free that I intend to purchase extra copies of for releasing. An example - I received a copy of Dan Maloney's "Sunrise on Kusatsu Harbor" for free from another bookcrosser. I liked this book so much that I intend to purchase SEVERAL copies to release for a challenge at the end of the year.
Finally, the books I receive from BookCrossing (from rings, rays, rabcks or OzVBB) is read and every book I read gets reviewed on my blog. Now, I don't know how many people read my blog, but I know at least some people do because I've gotten emails from people who intend to purchase the book after seeing it in my blog.
How can any of this be BAD for authors? Surely it is more money in their pockets?